Pope “Shocked and Saddened” by Arrest of Valet

by Edward Pentin

Pope Benedict XVI is reported to be “shocked and saddened” by the arrest of his valet, Paolo Gabriele, who has served in the Pope’s inner circle for six years.

The Holy Father was informed yesterday afternoon of Gabriele’s arrest and detention in a Vatican cell, after the papal assistant was found to be “in illegal possession” of confidential Vatican documents.

More details emerged today of what is said to have been found in his apartment. Vaticanista Marco Tosatti of La Stampa, quoting Vatican sources, has reported that a “staggering amount” of confidential material kept in boxes was discovered by investigators, including equipment needed to photograph and reproduce documents.

But other leaked documents, published in the book “His Holiness: The Secret Papers of Benedict XVI” by Gianluigi Nuzzi, such as correspondence relating to the Secretary of State and Nunciatures around the world, were not discovered, giving weight to the theory that others have been involved in the scandal.

Nuzzi writes in his book that his main source told him he was acting as part of a “small group” of Vatican insiders concerned about corruption and a thirst for power within the Vatican, but that none of the moles knew who the others were. Tosatti writes that the alleged “boss” of the moles – someone code-named “Mary” – claimed in a Feb. 22 television interview that at least twenty other “deep throats” were at work.

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7 Responses to Pope “Shocked and Saddened” by Arrest of Valet

  1. toadspittlet says:

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    Impossible to get reliable domestic staff these days, isn’t it?
    So annoying. Toad sympathises with Benedict. And blames Socialism.
    (And probably the Jews and The Masons as well.)

  2. toadspittle says:

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    Wake up moderators- it’s Sunday!

    Fresh hororrs from HQ! We’re getting behind here.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/9283407/Emanuela-Orlandi-was-kidnapped-for-sex-parties-for-Vatican-police.html

    Must be exciting living in the Vatican! What will today bring?

  3. Gertrude says:

    Not behind Toad, it’s just that on this Solemnity of Pentecost most of us have other things on our mind, and this is afterall Catholicism Pure & Simple. The headline you describe belongs more in whatever paper has succeeded the News of the World!

    Our Holy Father needs our prayers not our speculation as to what might or might not have happened within the Vatican.

  4. toadspittle says:

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    “The headline you describe belongs more in whatever paper has succeeded the News of the World!”

    Let’s examine your comment, a little more closely, Gertrude
    .
    Are you suggesting that the headline is inaccurate?

    No?
    In which case the newspaper in question is lying, and will be called on it by other rival media.
    But – if it is not inaccurate, what then is your objection, assuming you really have one?
    You seem to have.
    Do you think that news of this nature should be suppressed?

    Good idea! Franco, Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin would be solidly with you on this.
    “Don’t print stories that are unsavoury, and put us in a bad light. Or we will kill you,” …Is how they would deal with it.

    Or is it just the wording of the headline to which you object? Very well. What ought it it say?

    “Our Holy Father needs our prayers not our speculation as to what might or might not have happened within the Vatican.”…you lament.

    Where is it written that he can’t have both?

  5. Gertrude says:

    I am not suggesting that the headline is either accurate or inaccurate, I am saying that it is often wisdom to be in possession of what in a headline is fact and what might be fiction. Until all the facts of this shocking case are made public I am saying that a Catholic site such as this would not comment on what may or may not have happened in the Vatican. In the meantime the usual papers that rely on scandal (facts immaterial) for their circulation will have their day speculating what may have happened, and what they don’t know they will probably conject.

    You know well dear Toad that I have never shied away from posting unsavoury facts (viz. the abuse) but until all detail is clear would you not agree that it is prudent to wait?

    I will still ‘lament’ that we should all be praying for the Holy Father.

  6. toadspittle says:

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    The point I’m vainly trying to get across here Gertrude, is that the headline does not suggest in any waythat the story is either true or false. Nor should it.
    What it does is tell us just what, in this case, Father Amorth is asserting.

    So, the headline, to which you took such exception, is totally accurate.

    Exactly what the good father himself is asserting may be true, or lies, or utter nonsense, which will ultimately provide the facts of “this shocking story,” as you call it

    What should the media do in the meantime? Nothing? Not tell us what Amorth’s allegations are?
    Very nice for the Vatican, not at all nice for us..

    And the fact that it is Pentecost has nothing to do with this story either.
    What is the newspaper to do? Hold the story until Advent? Would that be all right?

  7. toadspittle says:

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    “In the meantime the usual papers that rely on scandal (facts immaterial) for their circulation will have their day speculating what may have happened, and what they don’t know they will probably conject.”..sniffs Gertrude.
    ..and in the meantime,on CP&S, we can have our day speculating about a story concerning Ben’s butler, before anyone knows what may have happened (facts immaterial!) – and that’s all right, is it?

    Of course it is! That’s what blogs like this do – run stories and speculate and conject about them.
    So let’s not get all hoity-toity about it.

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